About Michael Roberts
Michael is a seasoned professional in the field of digital forensics and cybersecurity, began his journey in Australia, where, in the mid-80s, he was recruited as the youngest investigator with the Australian Telecommunications commission. Subsequently, he has worked as a licensed private investigator in Australia, The United States and Europe.
Michael worked with law enforcement agencies around the world, including the US Marshals, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and police from Switzerland to Australia. His expertise proved invaluable in criminal investigations, and led to convictions, particularly in identifying anonymous internet users and assisting in arrests and convictions. Michael’s work has also proven the innocence, and release from jail, of falsely accused cyber criminals, in three separate cases.
In 2003, Michael founded Mile2.com, an IT security training company that quickly became a benchmark in the industry. Mile2’s certifications in counter-hacking and digital forensics were recognized by various organizations including the US Air Force, United Nations, Australian Defense Force Signals Directorate, and many law enforcement agencies. Under Michael’s leadership, Mile2 was awarded prestigious contracts and played a significant role in the training of various military and law enforcement personnel.
After selling Mile2 in 2008, Michael shifted his focus to Rexxfield, a digital forensics investigation business unit that further solidified his status as an industry leader. His experience in identifying internet users engaging in illegal online activities grew extensively during this time.
Michael also founded Picdo, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) charity with the mission to reduce the burden on government by teaching law enforcement agents best practices in cybercrime investigations.
Over the years, Michael has appeared as an expert witness in civil litigation cases and as a general witness in criminal cases in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. His extensive experience in unmasking bad actors using communication technologies to commit crimes has made him an indispensable resource in the field of digital forensics and cybersecurity.
Consulted for government and enterprises as well as individuals and children.
Cases Michael Worked On
Apprehension of Murder Fugitive in just 73 minutes after a two-month manhunt - 2013
Upon consulting with Michael, U.S. Marshals obtained a warrant and were able to obtain the Unique Device Identifier [UDID] that was associated with the one-time-use SIM card. A few days later the same UDID connected again to the national cellular infrastructure, but in association with a new disposable SIM card. The US Marshals were then able to triangulate the physical location of the fugitive who was then arrested interstate, and remanded for trial.
Solved Pedophile Case That FBI Declared “Unsolvable”
Michael was able to defeat the identity obfuscation safeguards employed to geographically locate the pedophile and capture enough evidence to allow police to positively identify the offender and at least three members of his international ring.
State Police Service, Fraud and Corporate Crime Group (Computer Crime Investigation Unit)
Positively identify operational personas and true identities of the key participants, resolve network infrastructure, geolocation and other identifying details. The lead hacker was identified within three hours.
Diplomat Espionage Vulnerability Eliminated
Michael and his team were able to identify all offending digital publically available artifacts thus, enabling their removal and the antagonist’s location and various digital artifacts. He stopped the person who was causing problems. They are not bothering or contacting the client anymore.
Wrongly Accused Released From Jail - 3 cases
Michael was able to prove that the communications originated from the alleged victim who was setting up the man to gain an advantage in child custody proceedings. Michael submitted evidence and supporting affidavit to prosecutors. The man was then released after 12 nights in county jail. Michael also vindicated two women, in unrelated cases, in 2023 in similar circumstances.
Celebrity Trolling and Tortious Interference by Competitors
Michael’s team helped the client gather evidence that led to the suspension of the main website(s) used for the attack.In doing so disrupting many weeks of the conspirators’ search engine optimization, back-linking, and information sharing through social media.